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Teresa Doyle


Country of origin:

Canada

Type of music generally:

Neo-traditional and traditional folk

Status:

Most recent release, I Remember Canada (2015)

See also:

Teresa Doyle's site

Teresa Doyle's Facebook page

The Ectophiles' Guide entry for her work with Toshizo Tanaka

Comparisons:

Early Loreena McKennitt

Covers/own material:

Traditional and own material

General comments:

Traditional and neo-traditional folk, though she writes a lot of her own music, telling traditional stories from Prince Edward Island, Canada. Somewhat like early Loreena McKennitt, though not the soaring voice—her voice is more reedy. Nearly as good in her own way, though. (Neile)

Recommended first album:

Forerunner

Recordings:

  • Prince Edward Isle Adieu (1987)
  • Forerunner (1991)
  • Stowaway (1993)
  • Dance to Your Daddy (children's, 1996)
  • If Fish Could Sing (children's, 1998)
  • Cradle on the Wave (children's, 2001)
  • Orrachan (2004)
  • Summerfly (with pianist Doug Riley, 2004)
  • Late Night Parlour (c. 2009?)
  • Song Road (2013)
  • I Remember Canada (2015)

Forerunner

Release info:

1991—Bedlam Records (RR#3, Belfast, Prince Edward Island, Canada, C0A 1A0—TD 002)

Availability:

Check Canada sources or by mail to Bedlam Records

Ecto priority:

Recommended for lovers of traditional and neo-traditional folk

Group members:

Teresa Doyle—lead vocals

Guest artists:

Louis Babin—trumpet, flugelhorn
Rebecca Babin—rebec, vocals
Richard Chapman—guitar, percussion, vocals, synthesizer
Andrew Cowan—electric guitar
Chris Crilly—synthesizer, accordion, vocals
Coral Egan—vocals
Fabio Girolami—bass voice
Jon Goodman—uillean pipes, wooden flute, tin whistle
Mary MacLean—flute, recorder
Ellen Paltiel—vocal
Grady Poe—acoustic guitar, bass
Philip Raphals—cello
John Rudel—percussion
Oliver Schroer—violin
Kim Vincent—violin
Karen Young-vocals

Produced by:

Richard Chapman

Comments:

A charming collection of traditional songs and neo-traditional songs Teresa Doyle wrote based on folklore and ghost stories from Prince Edward Island. Her reedy voice serves her well here, and her song "Maggie Daly" is wonderfully authentic-sounding—it's hard to believe it's not from the same folk sources as the other lovely folk ballads here. (Neile)

Stowaway

Release info:

1993—Bedlam Records (RR#3, Belfast, Prince Edward Island, Canada, C0A 1A0—TDC 003)

Availability:

Check Canada sources, or by mail from Bedlam Records

Ecto priority:

Recommended for lovers of traditional and neo-traditional folk

Group members:

Teresa Doyle—lead vocals

Guest artists:

Oliver Schroer—violin, violect, vocals
Ray Montford—guitar, electric guitar
David Woodhead—bass
Rich Greenspoon—drums, percussion
Mike Mooney—backing vocals
Carlos Del Junco—harmonica
Loretto Reid-Taheny—pennywhistle, flute
David Travers-Smith—trumpet
Keith Murphy—piano, accordion

Produced by:

Oliver Schroer

Comments:

A sweet mixture of traditional and neo-traditional music á la early Loreena McKennitt, but Teresa Doyle doesn't have a killer voice, just a good, serviceable one that actually sometimes serves the songs a little better by not overwhelming them. She's a really good songwriter, and this is a great followup to Forerunner. Includes nice versions of such well-known traditional songs as the French/Acadian "Isabeau", "Jock O'Hazeldean", "Pretty Fair Maid", "The Cuckoo", and "The Wind that Shakes the Barley". (Neile)

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